New Era (Windhoek)

11 December 2012

Namibia: Shack Blaze Kills Baby

Windhoek — Police are investigating a case of arson and murder after a seven-month-old baby boy died in a shack fire in Khomasdal's Sewende Laan on Saturday morning at around 02h15.

According to Chief Inspector Barry de Klerk of the Khomas Regional Command, the occupants of the shack, a 21-year-old woman and five minors were woken up when someone tried to force open the door to the shack in which they were sleeping.

The girl told the police that after they started screaming, the would-be intruders tossed a flaming object into the shack. She further told the police that the object burnt very fast and within minutes the whole shack was on fire.

Chief Inspector de Klerk said that according to the witness, she managed to get all minors except the baby boy out of the shack which was burning fiercely.

No suspects have been arrested yet and the police are asking anyone with information to come forward. The baby has been identified as Jaden //Noamab.

Police are waiting on the fire brigade and/or the forensic service to identify the object.

In other news a young man was arrested after he stabbed Frederick Ortman to death with a broken bottle at the Lodge Bar in the Babylon settlement on Saturday night at around 22h00.

According to police reports, the 27-year-old suspect returned to the bar after a gang of three to four men, including the deceased, robbed him of his cellphone the previous evening.

Upon his arrival at the bar the same gang picked a quarrel with him again and he stabbed one of them, the suspect informed the police. The deceased was taken to hospital as he bled profusely from the neck, but died on arrival.

On the 1st of December 25-year-old Immanuel Nakashole was beaten and kicked to death by a group of men who chased him after he allegedly stole something from them.

The incident happened in Green Mountain Dam Street in the Greenwell Matongo location.

According to the police, the deceased was seriously injured and taken to the Katutura State Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Five men were arrested, but have since been released pending further investigations.

The owner of a shebeen in Havana lodged a complaint of armed robbery.

The shebeen owner was apparently alone at home with three children when an unknown male entered the house and held him up at gunpoint.

It is alleged that the suspect assaulted the shebeen owner and also fired some shots through the roof. He made off with N$16 330 in cash and no one has been arrested as yet. Police investigations continue.

Meanwhile, two suicides were reported over the weekend. In the one case a nurse from Omaruru, who was in Windhoek on holiday hanged herself with a belt in the bathroom of the friend she was staying with. The incident happened at Erf 3004, Johan Albrecht Street in Windhoek West.

According to the police report, the friend went to work leaving the nurse at home and when she arrived back home at around 18h30 the front door was locked. She told the police that after knocking for a while she broke down the door and found Sofia Regina Katundu (28) hanging from a belt in the bathroom. No foul play is suspected and no suicide note was left.

In the second suicide an elderly man was discovered on Sunday hanging from a plastic rope attached to a tree branch behind Builders Warehouse in the Northern Industrial Area.

Police described the man as a black male between 50 and 55 years old who was clad in a blue T-shirt, blue denim jeans, white socks in his pockets, black 'step-out' shoes and a brown hat.

Police are asking anyone missing a relative or friend fitting the description to please visit the police mortuary to identify the deceased. No note was left behind.

No serious motor vehicle accidents were reported over the weekend.

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